Zealous Stories

To share our happiness on our tenth anniversary, we’ve increased the prize for winners from £100 to £250 across this year.

10th Year Edition

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Get your story told

Zealous Stories was crafted to celebrate your creative work and support your practice with a monthly cash prize, and the opportunity to have your work seen by some of the UK’s most prestigious creative organisations.

Each month we honour a different creative medium. The winner is selected by an independent panel of industry judges and gets £250 (and where we can, a portfolio review with one of the judges).

How it works

Monthly Call

Each month we celebrate a different medium.

Submit for Free

Submit your best work. That’s it!

Industry Judges

Get your work seen by exciting organisations


Be featured across our channels and get £250


Each month Zealous celebrates a different medium. Click on the medium of choice below for more information.


closed May ’21


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closed Jun ’21


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closed Jul ’21

Digital Art

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closed Aug ’21


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closed Sep ’22

Short Story

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closed Oct ’21


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closed Nov ’21


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Dec ’21


no competition this month

Zealous Stories Painting 2021

closed Jan ’22


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Zealous Stories Animation 2021

opens Feb ’22

Short Film

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Zealous Stories Design 2021

opens Mar ’22


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Zealous Stories Photography 2021

opens Apr ’22


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Past Judges

Each stories has its own panel of judges, each from some of the UK’s most respected creative organisations.

Past Winners

Read the inspirational stories of past winners of our Stories series.


We’ve tried to keep submitting to stories as simple as possible, but here are answers to a few common questions

We’re interested in celebrating interesting stories. These can be about a specific project, or about your practice.

No, Zealous Stories is absolutely free.

Absolutely, the work belongs to you.

We ask you for the right to be able to share it and publish it on our website (it would be difficult to celebrate you without being able to publish your work!).

Each story we run has a shortlist of about 20 to 25 entries. These will be celebrated across our social media feeds and passed onto the panel of judges from which to pick one winner.

We celebrate the winner with an interview about their work, which we share with our network. They will also take home £250 (no strings attached).

We’re interested in celebrating interesting stories. These can be about a specific project, or about your practice.

Works that do well with our judging panel often have a well-defined purpose and are executed well. High-quality imagery helps. To get inspiration of what has been selected in the past, have a look at the previous winners’ works.

Unfortunately not, however, we are trying to organise portfolio reviews with some of the judges. This isn’t available for all the mediums we run. Take a look at individual call outs for more details.

A big part of our mission is supporting creative industries, and we know that starts with supporting creators.

Stories has been running for a while, but on our 10th year anniversary we thought it would be great to celebrate

It’s been a hard couple of years and we want to do our bit to support you with what we have.



We’re interested in celebrating interesting stories. These can be about a specific project, or about your practice.

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